Race Day - 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon
1. What time do the races start?
& Half-Marathon: 9:00 AM
(Note: Three hour limit. Roads open to public
(Note: 90 minute course time limit -
roads open to vehicle traffic at 10:50 AM)
2. Is there a course map for each race?
There are course maps available for each race. See
info page and
click on your particular race link. There will be
large course maps posted at the Pavilion and
Information Tent for participants viewing as well.
3. What if I want to switch the race I am participating in?
switch the race on race day, you will need to
visit the Trouble Table located in the T-Shirt
Pickup Tent before the start of the race.
There will be a $10.00 transfer fee for switching
events. Last day transfers are $15.00. Transfer fees
are paid with cash or check on race day.
changes in timing and scoring need to be documented
by 8:00 AM on race day.
4. What if I forgot my race number or chip?
will need to go to the Trouble Table located in the
T-Shirt Pickup Tent to be assigned a new race number
and/or chip. All changes in timing and scoring need
to be documented by 8:00am on race day.
5. What if I receive the wrong race number?
Please go to the Trouble Table located in the
T-Shirt Pickup Tent to return the incorrect race
number and someone will assist you in locating the
correct race number.
6. Can I pick up my t-shirt before the race?
T-shirts can be picked up either before or after
your race begins. The t-shirt tent will be ready to
distribute t-shirts beginning at 7:30am throughout
7. Where are the bathrooms located?
There will be portable bathrooms located near the
10K, 5K and Half Marathon start line. You can also
use the Minnehaha Park Pavilion bathrooms. A
handicapped portable bathroom will be available near
the start/finish of the 10K and Half Marathon.
8. Will there be water available before and after the race?
There will be water and cups set up on tables in the
park for the start of all races. Additionally there
will be bottled water available at the post-race
food area and this will be distributed to all
participants of the Pick Your Distance Fun Run (2K
3K 4K), 5K, 10K and Half Marathon events.
9. Is there a bag/clothing drop-off?
Signage for the drop bag location will be visible on race
morning and volunteers ready to navigate you. Our
Information Tent also has grounds layout information
We will have bags available to place your belongings and
identify by name and/or bib number from
6:30-9:00a.m. If you bring a bag it may be subject
to brief inspection but it is preferred you use our
drop bags. Please no large duffle bags.
The drop bags are meant to hold light belongings and
non-valuable items. We have not had theft issues
but we do not recommend highly valuable items are
left in your bags that we cannot be responsible for.
10. Where can I get medical attention?
first aid tent will be located near the start/finish
line of the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon for your
convenience. Medical attention will be determined
and administered by the medical staff in the first
11. Is there a lost and found?
Lost and/or found items are generally brought to the
Information Booth located on the north side of the
Minnehaha Park Pavilion. If something is lost you
may check with the Get in Gear office within 2 weeks
of the race to see if there are unclaimed items.
All items unclaimed after two weeks are given to
12. Are there showers available after the race?
LifeTime Fitness-Highland Park will offer showers to
those participants that show their race number after
the race. You will be asked to fill out a short
form for record-keeping purposes.
14. Where do I line up?
will line up behind the designated start line for
your race. The Pick Your Distance Fun Run (2K 3K
4K) start/finish is near the Bridge and the 5K
start is in the same area. The 10K and Half
Marathon start is located further back (west). The
10K, 5K and Half Marathon finish line are the same.
Elite runners (those with bibs numbered 1-99) line
up at the front with other participants lining up
behind them for the 10K.
5K is on your honor for the front line.
Slower runners and walkers line up towards the back.
Strollers are only allowed in the 5K. Though
strollers/joggers are allowed on the 5K course, the
road closure timeline is still enforced.
15. Are there mile markers on the courses?
There are mile marker signs posted at each mile on
the 10K, 5K and Half Marathon courses.
16. Are results going to be available?
Unofficial results will be posted outside the
Minnehaha Park Pavilion as soon as the top results
are complete. Results will be posted at www.getingearevents.com by
5:00pm. For up to two weeks results will be
modified as needed and posted as official on our
17. Is there an award ceremony?
We will stage an award acknowledgement ceremony for our top 3
male and female finishers of our 10K, the top
male/female of our Half Marathon and the top
male/female of our 5K on our podium near the
start/finish line area. All prize money and age
group awards will be sent out separately once our
results are made official. Awards are sent out from
our office within a two week period in mid-May and
can be expected to be received by the end of May.
18. How do award winners receive their awards?
Awards will be mailed to the 10K, 5K and Half
Marathon award winners within 2 weeks after the
19. What do I do with my tear-off tag?
tear-off tag is not needed for timing and scoring.
20. How do I attach my timing bib number?
race will be timed by Mtec using the
MYLAPS BibTag timing system. The BibTag system is a
revolutionary new technology introduced by MYLAPS
Sports Timing, formerly known as ChampionChip.
The BibTag is a disposable timing chip in the form
of a sticker that comes attached to your Bib.
Please follow these instructions when attaching the
- Do not fold or crumple the Bib
- Do not remove the foam
- Attach the Bib using pins on all four corners
- Position the Bib correctly on your chest: visible
and on top of your clothing
21. What time does the last bus leave?
last shuttle bus back to the VAMC will leave
Minnehaha Park at approximately 12:25p.m.
22. Are there water stops on the course?
of the races have water available at the start and
Water stops on the course as follows:
- 10K at the half way point (approximately 3 miles).
- Half Marathon has total of 5 stops.
- Pick Your Distance Fun Run (2K 3K 4K) no water
stop on the course.
- 5K no water stop on the course.
additional water is needed, please carry water
bottle to refill at the water stops.
23. Can I wear headphones?
in Gear discourages the use of headphones during the
road races, but will not be enforcing otherwise. If
you choose to listen to portable sound, you are
advised to be able to hear your surroundings for
safety purposes. Please see USATF
amends headphone rule
24. Are dogs allowed on the course?
Pets of any kind are not allowed on the race course
from 8:00a.m. until Noon when the roads are
re-opened for traffic and the race is no longer
functioning. The permit and insurance for the Get in
Gear events does not provide for dogs on the race
25. Are strollers allowed on the course?
Strollers are allowed on our Pick Your Distance Fun Run (2K
3K 4K) and 5K provided the stroller can reach the
finish line within the time limit of that race. If
you are interested in running with a stroller you
are required to submit a stroller registration and
waiver form. For more information on obtaining a
stroller waiver please click